Friday, August 01, 2008

Baby Steps in Hand Printing!

The results of my first attempt at hand-printing fabric! I have had so much fun starting on this learning curve. I find the silhouettes of decorative objects fascinating and so I used these as the basis for my design. I cut the stencil out plastic foam packaging [It was a dream to cut, but a bit soft to work with as a stencil]: I applied the paint with a brush, allowed it to dry and then ironed it on the back to set it. I have a lot more designs in my head and on paper. Perhaps I will try getting some of them silk screened or printed!!??. Thanks Jesse for the good idea! Have a look here and here and here at Jezzeblog to see other recent prints from all over the place.

9 comments:

flowerpress said...

Yay, it's beautiful :-) Great to see you putting your pattern eye to work!

Estelle said...

(I was delighted to see that my system "showed" you today.)
I can just imagine how much fun you are having. I love the shapes you have chosen.

I'm not brave enough to go through the process (-:

please sir said...

Very neat - great start!

virginia said...

forgot...another technique is to cut designs from "freezer paper" and iron the paper (it lightly glues itself to the fabric, shiny side down) onto the fabric surface. use spray paint, and remove the paper after paint dries. you've made a great start...

virginia said...

thank you for your comment about my home on "morewaystowastetime"...i started printing fabric a couple of years ago, and i use styrofoam plates that i cut into shapes, inscribe with a dull pencil, ink with Speedball acrylic printing ink, and apply to silk. i use a brayer to apply the ink, and a rolling pin(for baking) to evenly apply pressure to the fabric. some examples are on my blog. someday i may do a video tutorial, and post it.

(i hope this doesn't appear twice!)

Freshly Found said...

Thanks everyone!
Virginia, I am intrigued by this freezer paper. Apparently it is an American thing. We have "Wax Wrap" here in South Africa, but it does not stick as well as Freezer Paper. Apparently some local craft shops stock Freezer Wrap, so I am going to give it a try!

Jesse said...

I love the objects you've used, and the way they turn into an almost abstract pattern!

Anonymous said...

I stay in Johannesburg, south africa and I'm looking for freezer paper, anyone know where to buy?

Anonymous said...

Try this company - http://johannesburg.gumtree.co.za/c-Community-activities-hobbies-Freezer-Paper-Quilt-Appliques-W0QQAdIdZ231038518